White Supremacists Rally in Charlottesville, Again

A group of white supremacists rallied in front of the statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, for the second time on Saturday night. But like their leader’s approval ratings, the numbers are shrinking.

Fewer than 40 white supremacists gathered before the shroud-covered statue in Emancipation Park, led this time by noted alt-right troll Richard Spencer. The group, again carrying tiki torches and dressed in khakis and white shirts, met for less than an hour, chanting “We will be back” before departing.

Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam issued a statement following the gathering.

“There is no home, no place, and no safe harbor in the country I pledged to defend for the ugly hatred we saw in Charlottesville tonight,” the statement reads. “I don’t see two sides or very fine people gathered here and anyone unwilling to call out this evil fails our commonwealth. Donald Trump’s equivocation enabled this to happen again, and Ed Gillespie failed to call on the leader of his party to denounce neo-Nazis and white supremacists. There can be no ambiguity from any elected official: white supremacists are not welcome, and they will not win.”

The gathering of white supremacists and neo-Nazis is the second of its kind in Charlottesville. Earlier this summer, more than 500 white supremacists gathered in the same park, chanting phrases like “Jews will not replace us.” A 32-year-old counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed after one of the neo-Nazis plowed his car into a group the following day.

Since Heyer’s death, U.S. President Donald Trump has spoken out against NFL players, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Jimmy Kimmel. He has yet to denounce the violent white supremacists who support him.

The driver of the car that killed Heyer, as well as the organizer of the original rally, and other alt-right leaders face a $3 million lawsuit from two of the people injured in that crash.

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